Homemade laundry detergent is one of the easiest switches to make in your household when you want to make less waste and live more naturally. Conventional detergent is full of chemicals, fragrances, and toxic ingredients, which you don’t want next to your skin all day everyday. This recipe saves money and is an easy way to eliminate plastic in your household.

This homemade detergent is great because A. you can control the ingredients, B. all the ingredients come in cardboard so you’re not using any plastic, C. it costs pennies per load and D. you only have to make it once or twice a year depending on your household. A win-win-win if you ask me.

My grandma is the OG when it comes to making everything from scratch. I’ve made a few tweaks to her recipe and came up with my own version that neutralizes smells while washing. This is especially good if have active people in your household or suffer from a mildew-y smell from your front load washer.

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DIY Laundry Detergent Ingredients


Instructions

  • In a large bowl or container mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Store in an air tight container. (I use these ones and really enjoy them.) 
  • Use 2-3 tablespoons per load, depending on the size of the load. Splash white vinegar in the fabric softener section with each load to eliminate smells.
  • If you’re looking to whiten whites or remove stains throw hydrogen peroxide in the load or soak in hot water and hydrogen peroxide for stain removal.  

Vinegar not only eliminates smells but makes colors brighter and softens clothes without harsh chemicals. Your clothes don’t come out smelling like vinegar, they come out completely neutral. If you’ve been using conventional detergent with fragrances you’ll find the ‘neutral’ smell takes some getting used to because we’re programmed to think the laundry fragrance smell equals ‘clean’. Really it’s made up of a whole bunch of harmful chemicals linked to cancer and lung disease.

You can add essential oils to each load if you feel you need it but I highly suggest giving it time and you’ll notice how strong and over powering the conventional detergents are. Once you start using the homemade detergent it actually takes a few loads for the old fragrances to get out of your clothes, that’s a testament to how strong these chemicals are.


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7 thoughts on “How to Make DIY Laundry Detergent – Natural & Less Waste”

  1. My washer doesn’t have a working softener location, is there any other way to put the vinegar in to eliminate smells? I’m an active person so that’s essential for me.

  2. Is it the three dry ingredients you mix for storing, and then the splash of vinegar is used only in the fabric softener area of washer? Or, do you mix all dry ingredients and splash of vinegar together for storage , and then add another splash of vinegar in the fabric softener compartment?

    1. hi Cynthia- you splash the vinegar in when you put the load in. You mix the three dry ingredients, store it, and add the vinegar to the fabric softener area of the washer.

      Thanks for asking.
      Alyssa

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